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Chase Adds Two New Point Transfer Travel Partners to Ultimate Rewards: AerClub and Iberia Plus
WILMINGTON, DE Nov 13, 2017 Eligible Chase cardmembers can now redeem Ultimate Rewards for Avios and Travel to Ireland, Spain and more European destinations on Aer Lingus and Iberia Airlines.
Chase Card Services, a division of JPMorgan Chase & Co., in partnership with Avios Group (AGL) Limited, announced the addition of the Aer Lingus loyalty program, AerClub, and Iberia loyalty program, Iberia Plus, as the newest Chase Ultimate Rewards® point transfer partners. Eligible Chase credit cardmembers can now transfer points into Avios for travel to Ireland and thousands of destinations with Aer Lingus and its redemption partners, as well as access to Iberia flights to 30 cities in Spain, 60 in Europe and nine in Africa and the Middle East. With the addition of these two partners, eligible Chase cardmembers with Ultimate Rewards have access to a total of 13 airline and hotel loyalty programs for 1:1 point transfer, reaching thousands of destinations globally.
“We know our cardmembers value flexibility and choice when it comes to their rewards so together with Avios, Aer Lingus and Iberia we are providing more options to help our shared customers make the most of their credit cards,” said Lorraine Chow Hansen, Head of Ultimate Rewards and Loyalty Solutions at Chase. “Points are transferred at full value, providing a seamless transfer experience when redeeming for flights and upgrades with AerClub and Iberia Plus.”
Eligible Chase credit cardmembers, including Chase Sapphire ReserveSM, Chase Sapphire Preferred® and Ink Business PreferredSM, can now transfer Ultimate Rewards points to their AerClub and Iberia Plus accounts. Points can be transferred to Avios in increments of 1,000 and are transferred at full 1:1 value – meaning one Chase Ultimate Rewards point is equal to one Avios1. Avios is the common currency for both loyalty programs.
Through the existing Chase and Avios relationship, eligible cardmembers with Ultimate Rewards also have access to the British Airways Executive Club as a points transfer option.
Chris Treadwell, Commercial Director at Avios, said: “Building on the successful partnership with the British Airways Executive Club, we are delighted to extend the offer to AerClub and Iberia Plus members. This is a step forward in growing Avios' presence in the U.S., offering customers there the opportunity to collect Avios on everyday spending to use them on flights and travel rewards with world-leading airlines to hundreds of destinations globally."
Aer Lingus Chief Operating Officer, Mike Rutter said: “Aer Lingus is delighted to partner with Chase Ultimate Rewards and offer its members flights from our 12 North American gateways to Ireland, the UK and Europe. We look forward to welcoming guests on board to experience our award winning service.”
Renata Rached, Iberia’s head of Loyalty, is pleased to announce the agreement between Chase and Iberia Plus: “We can’t wait to welcome Chase customers in our Iberia Plus program. They will be able to use their Avios for Iberia flights, but also enjoy a full wide range of benefits with all the partners of our loyalty program.”
Chase Ultimate Rewards is the loyalty and rewards program for Chase cardmembers, offering redemption options for just about anything including travel, gift cards, cash back, paying with points and more. For more information on Ultimate Rewards and eligible Chase cards, visit www.UltimateRewards.com.
1 Subject to terms and conditions of AerClub, Iberia Plus and Ultimate Rewards.
Avios Group (AGL) Limited operates the Avios reward currency for the British Airways Executive Club, Iberia Plus, AerClub, Vueling Club and Meridiana Club, as well as the Avios Travel Rewards Programmes in the UK and South Africa. It is also the currency for kulula.com and Flybe frequent flyers. Millions of customers collect Avios in over 190 countries world-wide. Part of the International Airlines Group (IAG), Avios is headquartered in the UK, with a global office network in Madrid, Johannesburg and New York City.
Customers can collect Avios when booking cash flights with partner airlines as well as on international hotel stays, car rental and on everyday purchases through partners. Avios can be used for travel rewards including towards flights, hotels and car hire, as well as for days out and leisure experiences.
About Aer Lingus
Aer Lingus operates 63 aircraft on routes to destinations in the UK, Europe and North America and carry 12 million guests per annum. We are Ireland’s only 4-Star airline, awarded by Skytrax, the international air transport rating organization.
Our mission is to connect Ireland to the world and to become the leading value carrier operating across the North Atlantic. Our home base is Dublin Airport, the only major airport in Europe to offer U.S preclearance, which enables passengers to save time on arrival in the U.S by completing all the necessary immigration and customs checks prior to departure. Our guests can choose from over 100 routes in Europe or connect to our 12 North American transatlantic gateways from more than 100 cities across the U.S. and Canada, with our partner airlines.
Aer Lingus is a member of IAG (International Airlines Group).
Iberia is the leading carrier on routes between Europe and Latin America and it flies to 124 destinations in 48 countries in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Middle East and Asia, including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and New York. It will launch flights from San Francisco in April 2018. Together with its subsidiary Iberia Express and its franchise partner Iberia Regional/Air Nostrum, it operates about 600 flights each day with a fleet of some 135 aircraft. It offers easy and convenient connections at its hub in T4 in Madrid-Barajas airport. Iberia was the world’s most punctual airline in 2016, according to Flightstats. The airline has recently been awarded the 4th star of Skytrax. The airline is a member of the oneworld alliance that operates more than 14,000 daily flights to some 1,000 destinations in more than 150 countries. For more information, please visit http://grupo.iberia.es
Ashley Dodd, Ashley.E.Dodd@chase.com